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December 1951

SUBCORTICAL CONNECTIONS OF THE TEMPORAL POLE IN RELATION TO TEMPORAL LOBE SEIZURES

Author Affiliations

MONTREAL, CANADA

From the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1951;66(6):669-686. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1951.02320120002001
Abstract

INTEREST in the subcortical connections of the temporal lobe has increased in recent years, owing to the frequency with which this area becomes the focus of epileptic discharge.

The clinical picture of the form of epilepsy arising from the anterior temporal region has been well known since its original description by Hughlings Jackson1 in 1871, and its psychical, visceral, motor, and special sensory manifestations do not need a detailed description here.

Recent emphasis upon temporal lobe seizures has been due chiefly to the work of Jasper2; Jasper and Kershman3; Gibbs, Gibbs, and Fuster4; MacLean5; Penfield and Flanigin6; Bailey and Gibbs7; Jasper, Pertuiset, and Flanigin,8 and Green, Duisberg, and McGrath.9 The bilaterally synchronous, nonlocalized electroencephalographic abnormalities, which were first described by Gibbs, Gibbs, and Lennox10 in 1938 as diagnostic of "psychomotor epilepsy," have been more clearly defined in the later studies

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